JAMMU: Three Army personnel including a junior commissioned officer (JCO) and two soldiers were killed in the last 24 hours in continuing ceasefire violations by Pakistan from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. While the JCO died in unprovoked firing by Pakistan in Poonch sector on Thursday, two jawans died after heavy mortar shelling in Sunderbani sector in Rajouri district on Friday.
Around 25 security forces personnel have lost their lives in ceasefire violations by Pakistan along LoC since January this year and four of them died in last one week alone. Twenty-one civilians have also died.
Defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said in Jammu that Pakistan resorted to unprovoked firing and heavy mortar shelling in Sunderbani sector on Friday morning in which Naik Prem Bahadur Khatri from Uttar Pradesh and Rifleman Sukhbir Singh from Punjab’s Tarn Taran district were critically injured. They were taken to hospital where they died of their injuries.
Pakistan breached the truce around 1.30 pm the previous day too, in the Poonch sector, in which Subedar Swatantra Singh from Uttarakhand was critically injured. He died during treatment at an Army hospital. A resident of Kirni area in Poonch district, identified as Mohammad Rashid, was also injured in the firing, Lt Col Anand said.
The Army spokesperson said the three were “brave, highly motivated and sincere soldiers. The nation will always remain indebted to them for their supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty.”
Earlier, on November 21, a JCO was killed while two women were injured in shelling along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch districts.

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